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What does Martial arcanist mean for gaining spells? [duplicate]

I was a bit confused by the wording for Martial Arcanist. Martial Arcanist (Ex): At 5th level, you master the art of combining your militant and mystical training. From this point on, your caster ...
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For the ability 'Expertise', can you use it more than once on a skill?

Expertise: At 1st level, choose two of your skill proficiencies, or one of your skill proficiencies and your proficiency with thieves’ tools. Your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ability check ...
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What is a good way to introduce D&D 4e at a mini-con?

I've been asked by my library to host an introduction to D&D at the Summer Reading Program Mini-Con. Last year, most of the people were new to the game (as in, "the cover art looked cool", or "I ...
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Mechanics for player retconning

I'm thinking of running a game based on the television show "Leverage". In the show, the characters run an elaborate scam on some rich and powerful bad guy. The episode shows how things look ...
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What are the choices for proficiency in a musical instrument?

The rules say the following regarding musical instruments (PH p.154): Each type of musical instrument requires a separate proficiency. Since this text is an annotation for the equipment list on ...
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In DnD 5e's lower magic approach, how would the mages of Thay's magic item business work out?

DnD 5e makes magic items much less common than previous editions. Also, the Forgotten Realms are the assumed background even in the Core Rules. One of the most interesting groups in Faerun are the ...
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Which Destiny should be given to a player who wants to rebuild the Jedi Order? [closed]

Introduction I am currently running my first-ever campaign in Star Wars: Saga Edition: a mildly revised version of the module Dawn of Defiance. Dawn of Defiance, for those of you who do not know, ...
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How many attacks when fighting with two weapons?

I'm making Samurai NPCs for a future campaign and I'm not sure to perfectly understand what are bonuses and penalties for a Samurai fighting with two weapons at the same time (that can be common for ...
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How does Fighter Strength work in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition and Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition?

I'm currently playing Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, which uses a modified version of AD&D 2nd edition. Please note that even though it's a modified version, most of the modifications were made ...
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What is the point of having a 1st-level familiar if you can't communicate with it in a language?

I have a 1st-level sorcerer in my game that has a rabbit familiar. Familiars are magical beasts, so you can't use "speak with animals" or anything that specifically affects animals. As a result, she ...
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How can a human expand their lifespan in Pathfinder? [duplicate]

Is there a way for a human character to increase their life span by any significant amount? I want to expand his lifespan because I want him to eventually raise a dragon, but I know that's way ...
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How does the Wish spell work with spells that interact with material components like Clone, Leomund's Secret Chest, or Magic Jar

I guess it's mostly in the title, but I was curious how Wish works with a spell like Leomund's Secret Chest. Do an exquisite chest and small chest just appear with the wish? Or do you need them? The ...
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Can a single “opportunity” provoke multiple attacks of opportunity from the same creature?

I already know that if you take multiple "acts" while in a threatened square, you provoke multiple attacks of opportunity (for example, if you drink a potion and then move out of a threatened square) ...
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List of racial weapons?

Can anyone tell me where I can find a complete list of racial weapons from all of pathfinder? (I'm assuming that there has to be more of the things than what's in the core rulebook)
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Party communication across languages

I'm running the 5e starter set for the first time - remotely - with a bunch of friends. The party speaks a range of languages, and we'll be using Google Chat so each of us will have our computers ...
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How is an emptied Doom Pool handled?

I occasionally get overzealous spending dice from the doom pool, occasionally spending every last die. I don't recall any rules for handling the "emptying" of the doom pool, where there are no dice ...
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Accurate Population Scale of Forgotten Realms Cities

Do the maps of cities in the 3rd Edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Books accurately reflect the statistics of those cities? I recently decided to use the city of Everlund from the Forgotten Realms ...
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Can I wield an enchanted spiked shield and magic weapon in the same hand?

The Adventurer's Vault states that the spiked shield: can be enchanted as a magic shield or a magic weapon, but not both. A spiked shield enchanted as a magical weapon does not occupy a ...
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How to use passive bonuses from weapon enchantments?

Basically, how do I have to hold/store/whatever the items to get whatever passive bonuses they grant. For example, Eager and Warning provide passive initiative bonuses. I think one of these actually ...
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Is someone in an area of darkness vulnerable to sneak attacks?

I was recently faced with the following scenario: A rogue activates darkness (as the spell) in an area of dim light. The rogue has darkvision, whereas the target does not. Therefore, the target ...
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175 views

What does “The Load” mean? [closed]

This question calls their character "The Load". It's not a term I've heard, and the words are too common for Google to be helpful (that question is the only relevant one on the first few pages). What ...
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Does food change with your Druid form? [closed]

Does food in the Druid form change size with you? Let's say you transform into an Allosaurus, and eat an entire deer, when you transform back would your stomach explode from having a deer in it, or ...
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Can a support combat style be effective without magic?

Is it possible to make a useful combatant who doesn't deal damage (at least not primarily) without relying on magic? Glancing through the spell list, I can see a number of spells capable of indirect ...
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Is expanding foam a suitable material for LARP weapon construction?

I've seen a few images on Pinterest (unfortunately all go through to dead links) that show people making the general shape of a weapon with expanding foam, then carving the excess off. Hers an ...
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Neverwinter & Sword Coast adventures

We're a new group of D&D 5e players and I've been DMing the Lost Mines of Phandelver with a great deal of success. What I am looking for for my group are a few good resources that will help flesh ...
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47 views

Multiclassing and characteristics upgrade [duplicate]

One of my players is currently a rogue level 3, and plans to multi-class to ranger with his next level. The question is: am I right to think he won't get the characteristics upgrade since this only ...
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1answer
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Tome of battle multiclassing recovery method

In tome of battle page 97, the book says that if I multiclass with multiple martial adept classes, I "retain the same method for readying and recovering maneuvers that I previously used". Does that ...
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1answer
142 views

Creating an artifact that the heroes must destroy? [closed]

I'm on a Lord of the Rings kick, so I'm curious how you'd create a major plot device that is both the main antagonist and the strongest weapon they have without killing the party with Ring Wraiths (or ...
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Can you take advantage of flanking positions with a ranged weapon?

There appears to be some controversy over whether or not a ranged attacker can ever be considered to be flanking his target. Is it true that it is impossible to flank enemies with a ranged weapon? ...
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How does spell slot progression work with multiclassing?

I don't understand how spell slot progression works with a multi-class character. For example, if I had a level 3 melee class, then decided to go multi-class caster, how does the spell slot ...
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1answer
195 views

Can you cast a spell while holding a shield? [duplicate]

I am a Wizard with 1 multiclass level of Cleric. Can I cast a spell if I have my other hand free? I thought I could but the text of the War Caster feat leads me to believe I might not be able to.
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105 views

Ways to reduce Arcane Spell Failure on pre-existing gear

At level 1, I bought this really cool armor that, given a masterwork, and custom fit quality, had 0 armor check penalty and a +6 to max dexterity bonus, and a really good amount of armor, plus it ...
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My 5e character isn't very fun. How do I kill them off?

I'm playing an 8th level Valor bard, and she's basically The Load (warning: TVTropes link) at this point- high-combat campaign, so not a lot of charisma stuff to do, and really doesn't have any ...
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1answer
63 views

Are slasher merits a good investment for a combat focused nWoD Hunter?

I'm making a Cheiron Group Hunter for a Hunter the Vigil game. I'm set on playing my character as similar to the Operative, from Serenity, but with a darker outlook. He will see him self as damned, ...
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How long can a conflict statement be?

So in our Polaris games we have two recurring problem with conflict statements. This is one of them. Sometimes people want to make statements that are really long and their opponent feels that such ...
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Can a wizard copy prepared spells into a spellbook?

My spellbook got destroyed by water, and the DM decided that was enough for my spellbook to stop working. This means that my Wizard will need a new spellbook, but I still have several spells prepared. ...
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While flying with a grappled opponent, will they get a free grapple check any time they're above 10 feet?

In a game this weekend, we came upon an Iron Golem that was very difficult for our group to kill. I had the idea to have my Eidolon (Serpentine, large, wingless flight) grapple the golem, then fly him ...
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953 views

What, if any, bonuses to AC can my allies temporarily 'turn off' so I can hit them with an Alchemist's Healing Bomb?

Healing Bomb is a splash weapon, so it would be a touch attack, and therefore armor/shield/natural armor AC don't matter. I would have to overcome any of the target's touch AC bonuses: Dexterity, ...
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How does shield bashing work in DnD 5E?

I've looked in the DMG and the PHB, but have only found ancillary uses of the shield. The Shield Master feat (PHB, p.170) gives you neat perks, but doesn't act as a weapon (beyond the bonus shove ...
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Which of the Martial Archetypes or multiclassing as a Druid will increase my versatility the most?

In our DnD 5e game, my character is (currently) a level 3 Dragonborn Fighter. Currently, his stats are not something to shake your head at (for his level). 30+ health 17 STR Greatsword (2D6 damage ...
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2k views

Why are elves immune to a ghoul's paralyzing touch?

I was reading Are Half-Elves immune to the paralyzing property of a Ghoul's Claw action? and it struck me that I have no idea as to why elves would be immune to the paralyzing touch of a ghoul, ...
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1answer
86 views

How to calculate earnings for downtime buildings when the hero is away?

I have read the Downtime rules and I am still unsure about some key aspects of it. Lets say I have a building with an Artisans' workshop and a team of Craftspeople Craftspeople Earnings gp, ...
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1k views

What does 3/6/9 mean for damage?

For instance, divine sanction says the enemy takes damage equal to 3/6/9 + Charisma modifier. How do I determine how much damage that actually does?
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Are Half-Elves immune to the paralyzing property of a Ghoul's Claw action?

The Ghoul's Claw attack in the Monster Manual (p.148) has the rider of forcing a save or paralyzing a creature if the target: ... is a creature other than an elf or undead ... My question is ...
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In Pathfinder, what is a good class for a player who will miss sessions [closed]

I am playing in a Pathfinder campaign but because of scheduling I know I will miss at least one out of every four sessions. What is a class whose absence will impact the group little and at the same ...
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Does reapplying Hex cost a spell slot?

The PHB for the spell "Hex" indicates that (5e) If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action on a subsequent turn of yours to curse a new creature. Does ...
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62 views

How do sunder modifiers for size and weapon work?

With sunder, The wielder of a two-handed weapon on a sunder attempt gets a +4 bonus on this roll, and the wielder of a light weapon takes a -4 penalty. If the combatants are of different sizes, ...
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234 views

What Pathfinder prestige classes have full spell-casting progression? [closed]

When optimizing spell-casting characters in Pathfinder it is conventional wisdom one should not give up caster levels. What first-party prestige classes offer full spell-casting progression for divine ...
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Which book can I find grenades in?

Is there a type of thrown object that can do damage, cause distractions, cover advances, start fires etc? I am basically looking for a medieval grenade. I think I saw something in one of the books, ...
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Advice for low-level enemy NPCs [closed]

I'm GMing a game for friends in 5e (first time GMing anything really). Currently, we're running the Mines of Phandelver campaign with pretty good results. However, my players like to test the limits ...

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